ALLAHABAD: The Regional Cancer Center at the Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad, is observing the World Tobacco Day on Thursday with various activities. A symposium on “Tobacco and cancer” will be held on the occasion in association with the Chest Physicians of India, Allahabad branch. The topic will include tobacco and cancer, smoking and lung diseases and current concepts in management of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is emerging as the leading cancer in men worldwide as well as in developing countries like India. The late presentation of the disease leads to a high death rate.On May 31 each year, WHO celebrates World No-Tobacco Day, highlighting the heath risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption. Tobacco use is the second cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.
Use of tobacco is one the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030 of which more than 80% will be in low and middle-income countries, experts say.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected “Tobacco Industry Interference” as the theme for the World No-Tobacco Day on Thursday.
Dr B Paul Thaliath, Additional Director, Medical & HoD, Radiation Oncology, said: “The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health”.
He added: “This year we will inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies and WHO’s role in fighting tobacco epidemic.”
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